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City council, school board races on Nov. 7 ballot


November 1, 2017 | View PDF

There are multiple races between potential Arlington and Marysville City Council members on this year’s general election ballot, as well as state, county and other local races.

Nov. 7 is the deadline for ballots for this year’s general election.

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There are four seats up for election in the Arlington City Council.

For Pos. 1 Craig Christianson and incumbent Jesica Stickles are running and for Pos. 2 Joshua Roundy and incumbent Chris Raezer are running.

Debora Nelson and Jan Schuette are also running for city council re-election, both unopposed.

At the Arlington School District there are two races for their board of directors.

In District 3, which includes most of the Silvana and Bryant areas, Judy Fay and incumbent Ursula Ghirardo are up for election.

In District 5, which includes the Sisco Heights region and some areas north of it, Lyanne Rolf and Marc Rosson are running. Current board member Bob McClure is not running for re-election.

Fire District 21, which is the district for much of rural Arlington, has three commissioner seats on the ballot.

Pos. 1 is between Eric Nordstrom and Ken Johnson and Pos. 3 is between Ed Taft and Steve Meyers.

David Safford is running unopposed for Pos. 2.

John Engels and Steven Geiger are on the ballot unopposed for commissioner positions at Fire District 19, which is Silvana’s fire district.

Hospital District 3, which includes Cascade Valley Hospital, has two commissioner positions on the ballot.

Timothy Cavanagh and Randy Tendering are running for Pos. 5 while Tina Davis is unopposed for Pos. 2.


Marysville’s City Council has four seats on the ballot this year.

Pos. 1 is between incumbent Jeffrey Vaughan and Robert “Bob” Weiss, Pos. 2 is between Mark James and incumbent Donna Wright, Pos. 3 is between Tom King and incumbent Jeff Seibert and Pos. 4 is between Elijah Olson and incumbent Michael Stevens.

The Marysville School District features two races for its board of directors.

The District 1 seat, which represents parts of downtown Marysville and all of Tulalip, is between incumbent Chris Nation and Ray Sheldon Jr.

The District 4 seat, which includes the Getchell area and parts of eastern Marysville, is between incumbent Bruce Larson and Vanessa Edwards.

Fire District 15 has one commissioner seat on the ballot for Pos. 3. The district runs the Tulalip Bay Fire Department. The race is between David Sherman and Buckley “Buck” Evans.

Tonya Christoffersen is running unopposed for a commissioner seat for Fire District 12 (which includes parts of Tulalip and unincorporated areas around Marysville) and Paul Taylor is running unopposed for a commissioner seat in Fire District 3 (the Getchell area fire district).

The Marysville Municipal Court has two positions on the ballot this year. Fred Gillings and Lorrie Towers are running unopposed for those two seats.

State and County

Republican incumbent Nate Nehring and Democrat Ray Miller are running for the District 1 County Council seat.

District 1 includes Marysville, Arlington and many other towns in the county.

There are three advisory votes about the Washington state legislature’s passing of tax increases.

These measures are on the ballot because of a previous state initiative which mandated advisory votes on legislative tax increases. The legislature is not mandated to follow the advisory vote as they are non-binding.

Advisory vote No. 16 is in regard to an excise tax meant to increase environmental protections for regional fish.

The other two votes are about increases in the Business and Operation tax and local property taxes meant to fund the state’s public schools.

Ballots can be dropped off at local Ballot Drop Boxes in Arlington and Marysville. The Arlington Ballot Drop Box is located at 135 Washington Ave. (near the Library) and the Marysville Ballot Drop Box is located behind City Hall at 1049 State Ave. Ballot drop boxes are open 24/7 until 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 7.


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